DEEP: DEEP Launches Online Town Hall to Collect Feedback on Hunting, Sport Shooting, and Trapping Issues

2015 Press Release

December 17, 2015

DEEP Launches Online Town Hall to Collect Feedback on
Hunting, Sport Shooting, and Trapping Issues

Public invited to comment at www.cttownhall.org


Connecticut’s Department of Energy and Environmental Protection (DEEP) invites state residents to share their comments about hunting, sport shooting, and trapping in the state.  A dedicated “Town Hall forum” website has been developed and is now “live” as part of a major research study for DEEP’s Conservation Education and Firearms Safety Program (CE/FS Program). 

Residents can access the Town Hall forum website and leave comments and suggestions at  www.cttownhall.org.  The website will stay “live” until January 8, at which point comments will be reviewed.  Residents are encouraged to log onto the website and submit responses to prepared questions as well as interact with one another in an exchange of opinions and ideas.

The Town Hall Forum is being conducted as part of an overall study being conducted by DEEP on issues related to sportsmen’s activities.  The agency is being supported in this effort by Responsive Management, an internationally recognized research firm specializing in natural resources and outdoor recreation. 

The goal of the study is to assess the need for firearms and hunter safety education in the state, interest in hunting and sport shooting opportunities, and the extent to which demand for such opportunities is being met or falling short.  The research is intended to fulfill objectives listed in the five-year plan developed for the CE/FS Program.

In the past few weeks, state residents may have received a call to participate in one of the scientific telephone surveys conducted for the project.  The next phase of the project calls for a wider opportunity for residents to submit comments and suggestions in an open-ended manner via the web forum.  The website encourages responses to questions on specific topics, but residents are also invited to engage with others online as they see fit.

DEEP recognizes that opinions on hunting, sport shooting, and trapping may range widely among residents.  The forum is intended to provide all residents an opportunity to share their thoughts on these issues in a civil manner.  Forum discussions are moderated.